413-415 East Adams

Commercial roofing

Commercial roofing project to replace a 7,100 sq. ft. roof at 413–415 East Adams. Tear-off and EPDM installation completed in seven days.

413-415 East Adams
Roof Area
7,100 sq. ft
February 2023

About this roofing project

We replaced a 7,100 sq. ft. roof on this commercial building at 413-415 East Adams. We removed the flat roof and decking material in sections and installed new structural components, framing, plywood, and insulation board. We completed the installation of the new EPDM roof system in only seven days, utilizing a large project crew.


  • The Green Monster dump trailer was delivered to the job site the day before the project start date. The parking location of the dump trailer (on the street near 413-415 East Adams) was reserved by permit with the City of Springfield.
  • We ordered materials for delivery at 9:00 am on each day of the tear-off.
  • Tarps and plywood were set up to protect windows, doors, and landscaping.

Installation Details

  • Tear-off existing flat roof. Install 1/2" insulation board using 3" plates and screws.
  • Install .060 rubber to board.
  • Secure the rubber into the gutter, and terminate the rubber over the roof's edge.
  • Replace all boots for sewer pipes.
  • Install RMS strip along all walls, edges, and valleys to prevent the rubber from pulling away when it shrinks.
  • Ten-year warranty on labor, ten-year warranty on material


  • ½” Insulation Board
  • 3” Plates and Screws
  • .060 EPDM Rubber Roofing
  • RMS Strip
  • DripEdge and Drip Batten
  • EPDM Adhesive
  • Pressure Sensitive Flashing

What's included in this EPDM roof replacement system?

EPDM rubber roofing is one of the best options for flat-roof commercial buildings. Short for ethylene propylene dienemonomer, this roofing system uses a single-ply membrane to protect a flat roof from leaks and other damage. If you want a commercial roof replacement that requires less maintenance than an old built-up roof, you should consider EPDM.  

Benefits of EPDM roofing 

EPDM has one of the longest life expectancies of any flat roofing. It is durable, eco-friendly, and even lowers winter climate control costs.

While EPDM roofing is more expensive than other single-ply roofing systems, the roof will generally last twice as long, especially in hot weather. An EPDM rubber roof is more flexible than most roofing options, and it won't expand or contract as much with temperature changes, so roof maintenance is generally minimal. If it is damaged, there are plenty of options for patching and sealing the membrane, and a professional roofer like Blackhawk Roofing can make quick repairs. 

How we install EPDM roofing 

Single-ply roofing is installed using mechanical fasteners, a ballasted system, or fully adhered with chemical adhesive. Fully adhered installations offer the best leak resistance and longest life expectancy but are also more complex. They require experience and skill to avoid common mistakes leading to roof failure. 

1. Preparing the roof deck

The roof deck will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any oil or grime. We sand any protruding or sharp edges of the plywood or OSB board. Even a tiny amount of moisture can lead to problems with the adhesive, so everything must be dry before we begin your EPDM installation. We will cover your roof with clean, sanded plywood or OSB board to provide a barrier to protect the membrane. Installation is always according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

2. Add the drip edge and drip batten 

Once the roof deck is ready, we'll install the drip batten into the fascia around the roof to extend the decking, which helps to guide drain water into the gutter system. Next, we'll install the drip edge, aligning the curved top with the batten. This will ensure the water stays off the roof's edges and prevents erosion around your foundation. 

3.Install the rubber membrane 

We will need enough EPDM membrane to completely cover your roof, plus a thick overhang for the exterior walls and roof edge. We'll unroll the EPDM membrane and place it over the area where it will be installed. We will expose a portion of the roof decking under the EPDM and apply the bonding adhesive using a paint roller, leaving a 6" border around the edge. We'll attach the membrane while the adhesive is wet by rolling it back into place. On hot days the adhesive will dry faster, so we may need to work with smaller areas at a time. Once the roof membrane is in place, we use a push broom to sweep out air bubbles and improve the bond. We'll continue rolling back the membrane and applying adhesive until all the roofing material is in place. 

4.Apply the finishing touches

The final process takes time and expertise todo correctly. We'll apply adhesive to the border around the edge. Next, we'll seal the corners using pressure-sensitive flashing. We'll also use flashing to create watertight seals for vents and other mechanical items penetrating the roof. Silicone sealant seals all the edges to prevent moisture from entering the membrane. Finally, we remove the excess membrane by trimming it. 

Even the most straight-forward roof repair jobs are best left to professionals, and a fully adhered EPDM roofing system is challenging for non-certified roofers to install correctly. We have the proper tools, experience, and certification to install your EPDM roof correctly and safely without causing damage or leaving your roof vulnerable.

Need a roof inspection?

An inspection will identify issues before they become major problems. Fix these problems now to save money in the long run. Your roof should be inspected at least once a year by a professional roofing contractor. Blackhawk Roofing will evaluate all suspect areas, and will also perform the following tasks:

  • Check all flashing. Flashing is metal pieces that cover curves and edges of your roof around chimneys, vents, skylights, and intersections with other surfaces. Water can easily leak in and around them if they are damaged.
  • Look in gutters. For asphalt shingle roofs, we will look in the gutters for pieces or grains of shingle. This is usually a sign that your shingles are deteriorating, and need to be replaced.
  • Inspect for sagging. If part of your roof looks like it's sagging, we'll examine it for moisture or rotting that may indicate it needs to be replaced.

A professional roof inspection will identify problem areas with your roof. Repairing these issues can prevent bigger problems, and keep your home or business safe.

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